A+ Essentials Chapter 7

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A Plus Essential Quizzes & Trivia

MotherboardsIn this chapter, you will learn how to• Explain how motherboards work• Identify the types of motherboards• Explain chipset varieties• Upgrade and install motherboards• Troubleshoot motherboard problems


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Which of the following form factors dominates the PC industry?
    • A. 

      AT

    • B. 

      ATX

    • C. 

      BTX

    • D. 

      CTX

  • 2. 
    Which of the following form factors offers the best cooling?
    • A. 

      AT

    • B. 

      ATX

    • C. 

      BTX

    • D. 

      CTX

  • 3. 
    On Intel-based motherboards, which chip enables the CPU to interact withRAM?
    • A. 

      Memorybridge

    • B. 

      Northbridge

    • C. 

      Southbridge

    • D. 

      Super I/O

  • 4. 
    On modern motherboards, which chip most commonly supports floppydrives and infrared ports?
    • A. 

      Memorybridge

    • B. 

      Northbridge

    • C. 

      Southbridge

    • D. 

      Super I/O

  • 5. 
    Brian bought a new motherboard that advertised support for eight USB ports.When he pulled the motherboard out of the box, however, he found that itonly had four USB ports! What’s likely the issue here?
    • A. 

      The extra four USB ports will connect to the front of the case or via a dongle to an expansion slot.

    • B. 

      The extra four USB ports require an add-on expansion card.

    • C. 

      The FireWire port will have a splitter that makes it four USB ports.

    • D. 

      The motherboard chipset might support eight USB ports, but the manufacturer only included four ports.

  • 6. 
    Which of the following chips enables an Athlon 64 to use dual-channelDDR RAM?
    • A. 

      ATI 200 Express

    • B. 

      NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI Intel

    • C. 

      NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI AMD

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 7. 
    Martin bought a new motherboard to replace his older ATX motherboard. Ashe left the shop, the tech on duty called after him, “Check your standouts!”What could the tech have meant?
    • A. 

      Standouts are the connectors on the motherboard for the front panel buttons, like the on/off switch and reset button.

    • B. 

      Standouts are the metal edges on some cases that aren’t rolled.

    • C. 

      Standouts are the metal connectors that attach the motherboard to the case.

    • D. 

      Standouts are the dongles that enable a motherboard to support more than four USB ports.

  • 8. 
    Amanda bought a new system that, right in the middle of an importantpresentation, gave her a blue screen of death. Now her system won’t boot atall, not even to CMOS. After extensive troubleshooting, she determined thatthe motherboard was at fault and replaced it. Now the system runs fine. Whatwas the most likely cause of the problem?
    • A. 

      Burn-in failure

    • B. 

      Electro-static discharge

    • C. 

      Component failure

    • D. 

      Power supply failure

  • 9. 
    Solon has a very buggy computer that keeps locking up at odd momentsand rebooting spontaneously. He suspects the motherboard. How shouldhe test it?
    • A. 

      Check settings and verify good components.

    • B. 

      Verify good components and document all testing.

    • C. 

      Replace the motherboard first to see if the problems disappear.

    • D. 

      Check settings, verify good components, replace components, and document all testing.

  • 10. 
    Steve has been tasked to upgrade ten systems at his office. The systemscurrently have microATX motherboards with 512 MB of DDR RAM andAthlon XP CPUs.Primary objective: Upgrade ten systems.Optional objectives: Use the current cases and use the current RAM.Proposed solution: Purchase ten microATX motherboards with NVIDIAnForce 570 SLI Intel chipsets and ten Pentium D CPUs.The proposed solution:
    • A. 

      Accomplishes only the primary objective.

    • B. 

      Accomplishes the primary objective and one of the optional objectives.

    • C. 

      Accomplishes the primary objective and both of the optional objectives.

    • D. 

      Accomplishes neither the primary nor the optional objectives.